TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Scandal' Grow, CW Strong at 8 O'Clock

"Parks and Recreation" makes a slightly softer return to the schedule, as a steady "Vampire Diaries" bests direct competition on ABC and NBC.
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"Parks and Recreation"

CBS saw small boosts across most of its Thursday lineup this week, easily topping the night in both adults 18-49 (2.5 rating) and total viewers (10.6 million). The Big Bang Theory (5.1 adults) led all of the night's offerings, up two-tenths of a point in the key demo. The Millers (2.7 adults), up by a tenth, led into a steady The Crazy Ones (2.1 adults) and a slightly lifted Two and a Half Men (2.1 adults) -- up a tenth from last week. Elementary (1.6 adults) shed two-tenths of a point at 10 p.m.

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A flat Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (0.9 adults) kicked off the night on ABC, leading into a tied series low for Grey's Anatomy (2.6 adults) -- off just one tenth of a point from last week. Scandal (2.9 adults) recouped a tenth of a point from last week, giving ABC a nightly average of a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers.

NBC and Fox both saw NFL interruptions, in Indianapolis and Nashville respectively, so both of their scores are subject to more adjustment than usual.

That said, initial returns have The X Factor (1.4 adults) up two-tenths of a point from last week's series low. Glee (1.5 adults) held even, giving Fox a nightly average of a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers.

Parks and Recreation returned from its brief hiatus on NBC, pulling a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 in both of its back-to-back episodes. It marks a tenth of a point drop from its last original. Sean Saves the World (1.0 adults) lost four-tenths of a point of its Voice-boosted outing last week, tying a flat Michael J. Fox Show (1.0 adults). Parenthood (1.3 adults) was also even. The network pulled a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers.

The Vampire Diaries, steady with a 1.3 adults rating, topped direct 8 p.m. competition on both NBC and ABC last night. Reign (0.7 adults) was up a tenth of a point at 9 p.m., giving the network a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers for the night.